Testosterone Introduction

“I love him, but I just don’t want to have sex with him”

“I couldn’t care if I never had sex again”

“Forget the sex, I just wish I had some energy”

“I do it for him, not for me”

“I love him, but I just don’t want to have sex with him”

“It’s all just too much, I’d rather get a good night’s sleep”

These comments are repeated by thousands of women every day of the week, sometimes to doctors, sometimes to friends, sometimes to partners.

Women provide a far more complex sex hormonal picture than men, with three hormones contributing to the overall makeup of the hormonal balance.

Women produce oestrogens, progesterone and testosterone. The ovaries produce the bulk of the oestrogens during the years leading up to the menopause and substantially less post-menopause.

Progesterone is produced once ovulation has taken place during the menstrual years and ceases to be produced when ovulation stops at the menopause.

Testosterone in women is predominantly produced by the ovaries. It is produced on a continual basis and testosterone production declines with age from year twenty onwards. Also, it is vital in the preservation of bone, for its positive effect on libido and maintenance of energy levels.

  • Reduced libido
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Depression
  • Lack of concentration
  • Emotional mood changes

Typify the symptoms of testosterone deficiency in women.

Supplementing small amounts of testosterone in women experiencing symptoms of this deficiency results in increased energy, libido and sexual response.

In the last decade there has been increasing interest in administering low doses of testosterone to pre- and postmenopausal women, particularly to help with loss of libido. It has extensively been reviewed in the medical literature for decades.